Happy Friday. Friend of mine from out of town showed up last night; said she didn't like how I sounded when we chatted. And since she was already visiting her own family for an intervention, she decided to add me to her list of things "to do."
Her message? "Get off your duff, find another doctor because clearly the one you've got is not doing you a whole lot of good. And for F&^%$#'s sake, do something to manage your stress levels!"
We had lots to talk about, and she left at 5.00 this morning to drive back to her hometown so she's at work by 8am. I tried to get some rest afterwards, and was up at 8am.
Another friend recommended a doctor not too far from where I live. Actually, he swears by him; says the doctor treats his own family. Secondary recommendation also pointed to the doctor. So I went. And I liked him. He asks a lot of questions; checks everything, even things you didn't realise could be a factor. Gave me an injection and within an hour, I felt better, but without the "stoned" haze. Also gave me happy pills to help me sleep better. He says stress is certainly a factor in my ups and downs...
He wants to see me on Monday again to see if the treatment he gave me is improving the situation and to do more tests. We're also talking about a gastroscopy. Joburg Gen would probably be able to see me in 3 months to do it, he says, and a private specialist can do it this month. For a very high sum, of course!